Saturday, November 27, 2010

Clotheslines and Prayer Flags

I read a quote from a Barbara Brown Taylor's book; I think it was from the An Altar in the World, where she says that ‘hanging laundry is setting up a prayer flag to God’  Although I am not religious, I do hang my laundry and I do hang prayer flags, so I found this an interesting quote. I also appreciate the intention of her book, to find sacred meaning of simple daily activities in everything we do: walking, washing dishes, making the bed; hanging the clothes. And then, there is the smell of fresh clothes, and towels and bed sheets; so, of course there are rewards beyond measure. Nothing better.

So, this post is dedicated to the soulfulness of the altar set up on clotheslines and prayer flag “ropes” across the world.

At Kheceopalri lake, West Sikkim.


old Jerusalem , Israel

Chinese temple with Tibetan prayer flags in Shangri-la,
Terry Strek

Jessica B.



These flags are called Lung Ta, which means Wind Horse in Tibetan

Smart Drying
Prayer flags flaunting over Namtso Lake, Tibet China,
Jerry Wang
Columbia Daily 2007

This is a picture of a hawk flying over the prayer flags hanging around my home. A little blurry, or can we call it "art?:

Did you know that someone thought that clothes hanging on clothelines was art? Well, pictures of the subject matter, anyway. This is a link, ,  to a "gallery" named Clothelines curated by ArtbyChrysti.


May you be happy at heart in all your "conscious" endeavours.

Think: Happy, at rest,
may all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception,
long, large,
middling, short,
subtle, blatant,
seen & unseen,
near & far,
born & seeking birth:
May all beings be happy at heart.



  1. What a great post. The line with all white clothes was my favorite. Really enjoyed my visit.

  2. I remember when I hang ALL the clothes on the clothesline--line after line after line. I've been thinking of going back to that. There is something very spiritual about hanging the laundry and letting the sun and wind dry it, especially when it smells like the ocean afterwards.